So, increased violence until someone else seizes control and violence returns to its normal (i.e., high) level. And all for nothing. Drugs will remain as easy to obtain as they have ever been. As former Mexican President Vicente Fox wrote in The Globe and Mail just last week, prohibition simply does not work.
It is also a gross injustice to tell people what they can and cannot put inside their own bodies and then throw them in jail if they disobey. "Legalization of not just marijuana, but all drugs, is the right thing to do," argues Fox. "Each person should be free to decide what's best for himself or herself." The world will be a better place when politicians on both sides of the Rio Grande at last come to accept what this former politician has realized.